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AADR/FNIDCR FY20 Budget Statement

American Association for Dental Research Chief Executive Officer Christopher H. Fox, DMD, DMSc, on behalf of the Association and the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research issued the following statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Alexandria, VA., – The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the Friends of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (FNIDCR) oppose the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget as released on Monday. While the document includes a few positive references to research, the budget overwhelmingly sends a troubling signal for the scientific enterprise through proposed cuts to critical federal research and public health agencies and proposals related to research reorganization. 

Further, by calling to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 9 percent, this document shows a lack of regard for the role that non-defense discretionary programs play in the health security of our nation and reveals the severe consequences that will come to pass if Congress fails to raise the spending caps at the end of fiscal year 2019. 

AADR and FNIDCR reject the president’s proposals to cut the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $5.4 billion, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) by $64 million, and nearly all the federal health agencies, including the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — and we urge Congress to do the same. AADR is also troubled by the continued call to consolidate the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) into the NIH as a new National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality at $256 million, an $82 million cut from current levels. 

Each year researchers, students, dental and medical practitioners, policymakers and, importantly, the American public rely on federally-funded research. To propose cuts of this magnitude at a time when research is needed most is counterproductive and dangerous. The research being conducted at NIH and NIDCR is increasing our understanding of the fundamental causes of oral diseases and conditions, transforming how oral health care is delivered and accelerating the transfer of new knowledge and evidence into the hands of those who need it most. NIDCR plays a unique, vital and innovative role within the federal research infrastructure and requires sufficient federal funding to improve oral health and oral health care delivery as well as to reduce the economic burden dental, oral and craniofacial diseases and conditions place on our citizens.

AADR urges members of Congress to work together in the coming months to reach a bipartisan deal to raise the spending caps, provide health-related departments with an equal share of relief through 302(b) allocations and honor the research enterprise in fiscal year 2020 appropriations legislation. Further, we ask Congress to pass these spending bills on time to avoid disruption to research and to maintain regular order. Federal entities, such as NIH and NIDCR, make our country healthier, safer and more secure, and we implore Congress to do its part to serve as stewards for research and innovation. 

About the American Association for Dental Research
The American Association for Dental Research (AADR) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 3,400 individual members dedicated to: (1) advancing research and increasing knowledge for the improvement of oral health, (2) supporting and representing the oral health research community, and (3) facilitating the communication and application of research findings. AADR is the largest Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). To learn more, visit www.iadr.org/aadr.

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